The American Search for Mideast Peace

By Dan Tschirgi | Go to book overview

5
CONCLUSION: PRELUDE TO REQUIEM?

An appraisal of U.S. efforts to promote an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict yields mixed results. Two decades have seen much change in the Middle East, some for the better -- and some that raise the question of whether the accrued benefits will endure.

In terms of the Arab-Israeli conflict itself, the clearest U.S. achievement to date is the peace between Israel and Egypt. Whatever the future offers, this will remain a political milestone in the history of the Middle East, as well as in the history of American diplomacy. Sinai II and Camp David also rightfully take their places in the annals of imaginative and productive diplomatic efforts.

In terms of broader U.S. interests, the seminal roles of Henry Kissinger and Jimmy Carter in bringing Sinai II into existence and then nurturing it into the 1979 Egyptian -- Israeli peace treaty not only drastically reduced the disturbing impact of Arab-Israeli tensions on U.S. policymakers, but did so while simultaneously excluding the Soviet Union from the mainstream of contemporary Middle East political currents. With Moscow marginalized, and local Arab opponents of Egypt's turnabout unable to do more than vent frustration in bombastic rhetoric and annoying, but essentially inconsequential, occasional slashes of violence and terrorism, Washington seemed to have secured its niche as the Middle East's dominant outside power.

On the other hand, Sinai II, Camp David, and the U.S.-sponsored Egyptian -- Israeli peace were not pristine diplomatic coups. The proverbial fly in the ointment was present from the outset in the form of a question: "What next?"

To the extent that consideration was given to the problem of extending the Egyptian -- Israeli peace process to other realms, the difficulty was embryonically inherent in Sinai II. Under Kissinger, however, with a

-212-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The American Search for Mideast Peace
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • 1 - MAKING OF AN OBJECTIVE 1
  • 2 - DIFFUSION OF AN OBJECTIVE: 1969-1976 52
  • 3 - REVIVAL OF AN OBJECTIVE: JIMMY CARTER, 1977-1981 98
  • 4 - ABANDONMENT OF AN OBJECTIVE: RONALD REAGAN, 1981-1988 144
  • 5 - CONCLUSION: PRELUDE TO REQUIEM? 212
  • POSTSCRIPT: PRELUDE TO PEACE? 240
  • Appendix A 243
  • Notes 253
  • SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 283
  • Index 287
  • About the Author *
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this book
  • Bookmarks
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
/ 294

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.